Updated Dec 21, 2007 15:07:09
Tech Unable to Hold Off UNO Offense
BILOXI, Miss. -- The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-9) lost the final game of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic Thursday night against the UNO Privateers (9-2) by a final score of 81-72.
“Our program is constantly striving to get better,” Tech head coach Kerry Rupp said. “We took some major steps forward this week. We’re making the kids as well prepared as possible when they take the floor every night. I’m never pleased with a loss, but I was proud of the effort we showed for these past three games.”
Tech took its first lead of the ball game on five unanswered points from junior JC Clark over two possessions for a 5-4 lead at the 16:44 mark in the first half. Clark would go on to score seven points in just over five minutes in the opening stanza, and both Clark and sophomore Kyle Gibson would finish the first half with nine points apiece.
UNO, however, took a 46-35 lead into halftime on 64.3 percent first half shooting.
The Bulldogs would pull close near the end of the night but would be unable to get a lead from the hot-shooting Privateers.
Gibson finished with a career-high 27 points for the Bulldogs, while Clark finished with 14. Senior JJ Marshall shot 4-4 from the three-point line for a total of 12 points.
The Bulldogs will return to action Dec. 29 following a nine-day layoff to take on the McNeese State Cowboys in the Thomas Assembly Center. Tip off is set for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast live at KPCH 99.3 FM and streamed live via the internet at www.kpch993.com.